Undergraduate Module Descriptor


LAW3164: Conflict of Laws

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to enable you to:

1. identify the main issues involved in conflict of laws scenarios;

2. analyse and apply the domestic, European and international rules pertaining to jurisdiction, choice of law and recognition/enforcement of foreign judgments in cross-border situations;

3. understand the connection between domestic, European and international rules of conflict of laws, and determine which set of rules should be applied in a given situation;

4. critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of the various domestic, European and international rules of private international law, and the difficulties involved in applying different sets of rules to similar case scenarios. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding the main concepts, values and principles relating to the conflict of laws.
2. analyse and compare the principal rules and theories relating to the conflict of laws.
3. identify, explain and critically evaluate key issues related to the conflict of laws and to apply relevant rules and theories.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. demonstrate flexible ability to define complex legal problems, identify their relative significance and select appropriate methods for investigating and critically evaluating them.
5. apply legal knowledge to a problem/ case study and to suggest a conclusion supported by relevant arguments.
6. develop your capacity to effectively use both written and oral communication skills in assessed work and workshops.
Personal and Key Skills7. demonstrate a capacity to confidently tackle legal problems by means of a practical problem solving approach in role-play situations and to use effective debating skills.
8. demonstrate good library-based and internet-based research skills.
9. work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task.